A Michigan Farmhouse and Barn Become an Airy Artist Retreat

von Weise Associates salvages an abandoned farm for a creative Chicago couple.

Vibrant red siding references the original buildings on the site.

As they turn down the driveway of this country home in Sawyer, Michigan, guests are treated to a warm embrace from the landscape itself. “The prairie grasses are two arms that are extended out to welcome you into this new space,” says homeowner Dan Frank. 

Vibrant red siding references the original buildings on the site.

Vibrant red siding references the original buildings on the site.

Steve Hall

Reclaimed cedar from the original chicken coop was used for siding.

Reclaimed cedar from the original chicken coop was used for siding. 

Steve Hall

Farmhouse Retreat is a recasting of an existing farmhouse and barn as a vacation home for Frank, a Chicago-based psychologist, and his wife and painter Dhana Delig. The couple conceived the retreat as not just a place of leisure, but also of creativity—all with a low carbon footprint. 

A close relationship to the land is reaffirmed throughout the home.

A close relationship with the land is reaffirmed throughout the home. 

Steve Hall

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